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Metaphysical Remix

The bustling hub of Turin, Italy has architectural designers Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa to thank for this post-modern interior design project. Turning a circa 1935 structure into a 250 sqm retro-style restored apartment was no small task, but these two seasoned architects managed to evolve this physical space into a metaphysical experience. Continue reading

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Dizaap Office Showroom

This work space is a living design library. For the offices and showroom of Dizaap, architect Sergey Makhno sprinkled design ideas, materials, furnishings, and color around as if the entire space is a designer’s tool kit. The construction company’s services include furnishings and clearly, they are trendsetters. Continue reading

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Manolo Blahnik London

What a sweet confection of color, whimsy, and exquisite footwear! Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design had the, I am certain, distinct pleasure of working with Manolo Blahnik, once again, to design his boutique within Harrods. Inside the west tower of the historic store’s fifth floor “Shoe Heaven”, the grand salon has its own exclusive entrance and staircase. Continue reading

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West Hampstead Residence

Completely gutting an entire home is a massive undertaking. Though with results like these, the rewards are worth all the effort. Barnaby Gunning expanded this northwest London home and devised a new plan that is light and modern. Continue reading

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St-Philippe Residence

The renovated interior of this Montreal house never reveals the building’s age. Atelier General left behind the dark enclosed spaces of the home’s 150-years-old interiors to create a spacious contemporary dwelling for a young couple. Continue reading

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Toy Management House

Learn refreshing new lessons in transforming an urban apartment in to a home for a family with children. This story does not end up as you imagine with the family succumbing to the needs and stuff of kids and retreating to the suburbs for more room. Continue reading

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Woods Hollow

Close your eyes and picture a rural retreat in Vermont… On four secluded wooded acres of rolling hills, there’s a white timber cottage with a field stone foundation. So far, so good, it’s just what you’d expect of a New England home. Now step inside for a welcoming surprise. Continue reading

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Du Tour Residence

You would never guess that this modern interior fills a 1950s ranch style house. Perhaps if you look closely you’ll see the low-slung lines and a drape of the original chimney stone. Clairoux designed the transformation to honor the spirit and memories within the home that’s been owned by the same family for decades. Continue reading

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Transform an attic in to a bookcase

I love a renovation that raises the roof! L. McComber ltée completely reimagined this home in Montreal. Built in 1880, the house, as expected, received numerous alterations as it adapted to the needs of its occupants over the decades. Surprisingly, one of these renovations involved installing a flat roof over the original sloped roof. Their first step in transforming the attic space in to a main bedroom retreat was to remove the roof structure, both the centuries old and more recent. This roof raising added five feet to the height of the spaces inside. It also provided gorgeous hemlock boards, salvaged from the roof deconstruction. Continue reading

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Design of a pastry shop, storefront

This pastry shop is a delicious recipe based upon restraint. Well, at least the architecture is restrained. Atelier Moderno & Anne Sophie Goneau blended elegance with texture to highlight the colorful confections showcased in a shop on a vibrant street. Continue reading